photographs by Douglas Herr
family Accipitridae: Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Red-shouldered Hawk #00, Kern County California
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Red-shouldered Hawk #01, non-releasable captive - December 2008
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Red-shouldered Hawk #02, Sacramento County California - 2011
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Red-shouldered Hawk #03, Marin County California - 24 September 2015
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Red-shouldered Hawk #04, Yolo County California - 06 December 2015
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Red-shouldered Hawk #05, Yolo County California - 13 January 2016
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Red-shouldered Hawk #06, Yolo County California - 10 December 2017
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Red-shouldered Hawk #07, Yolo County California - 17 December 2017
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Red-shouldered Hawk #08, Yolo County California - 17 December 2017
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Red-shouldered Hawk #09, Yolo County California - 14 November 2018
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Red-shouldered Hawk #10, Yolo County California - 14 November 2018
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Red-shouldered Hawk #11, Sacramento County California - 08 March 2020
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Red-shouldered Hawk #12, Sacramento County California - 08 March 2020
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Red-shouldered Hawk #13, Sacramento County California - 09 March 2020
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Red-shouldered Hawk #14, Glenn County California - 09 December 2020
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Red-shouldered Hawk #15, Sacramento County California - 03 March 2021
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Red-shouldered Hawk #16, Sacramento County California - 11 March 2021
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Red-shouldered Hawk #17, Yolo County California - 25 January 2022
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Red-shouldered Hawk #18, Sacramento County California - 26 April 2022
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Red-shouldered Hawk #19, Sacramento County California - 26 April 2022
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Red-shouldered Hawk #20, Sacramento County California - 26 April 2022
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Red-shouldered Hawk #21, Sacramento County California - 26 April 2022
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Red-shouldered Hawk #22, Sacramento County California - 26 April 2022
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Red-shouldered Hawk #23, Sacramento County California - 26 April 2022
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Red-shouldered Hawk #24, Sacramento County California - 26 April 2022
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Red-shouldered Hawk #25, Sacramento County California - 26 April 2022
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Field identification tips: A medium-sized raptor, the Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) has broad soaring wings and a stocky body. Adult B. lineatus has ruddy-brown underparts with fine barring, bold black-and-white checkering on the wings' flight feathers and a tail with broad dark bands separated by slender white bands. Sexes are similar with females averaging larger than males. Florida birds have a lighter-colored head and breast. Immature B. linetus has a brown barred breast where the adult has ruddy-brown fine bars, and less distinct brown-and-white bands on the tail & wings. Overhead this species has a longer tail than other Buteos and translucsent crescents near the wingtips. Ruddy-brown shoulders give this species its name. Its call is repetetive kee-ah kee-ah kee-ah kee-ah.

Typical range: B. lineatus can be found in the forested eastern states with some seasonal movement into southern Canada and northern Mexico. A separate population is resident in California's central valley and along the Pacific coast from southern Oregon south to Baja California.

Habitat: Unlike other Buteo species, B. lineatus is at home is deciduous forests, often near swamps and rivers where it hunts for reptiles and small mammals.

all photographs Copyright (C) Douglas Herr
last updated 11 February 2024